Peaceful DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

Sep 11, 2020 | Nest News, News - Featured

Making healthy changes in your home can come in many forms. Transitioning into some natural solutions for your everyday chores can have a positive benefit on your health and the environment. Get started with a productive DIY activity, such as making your own laundry detergent.

Why Make Your Own Laundry Detergent?

 

Cost Efficiency – The cost of laundry per load with homemade powder detergent is only $0.06 while commercial laundry products will cost around $0.20.

Avoid Harmful Toxins – Conventional laundry detergent may contain a lot of chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols, and more. Concentrated laundry pods have also been reported to cause harmful bodily effects, including oropharyngeal burns and respiratory distress.

Protect the Environment – Common laundry detergents contain phosphates which can clog waterways and lead to eutrophication (large algal blooms that can prevent fish and plant life from receiving oxygen).

 

What You Will Need

To make your own laundry detergent you will need just a few simple items, including washing soda, borax powder, laundry bar soap, and mason jars for storage.

Instructions

  • Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground
  • Mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax, and 1 part grated soap
  • Store in a closed container
  • Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

 

For more information, see this helpful article.

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